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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Philadelphia soldier pleads guilty to selling meth and faking pawnshop robbery

An Atlantic City man Tuesday admitted staging a fake robbery of a Union County pawnshop to perpetrate an insurance fraud and distributing methamphetamine, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Salvatore "Sam" Piccolo, 67, a Philadelphia mafia member, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court to distribution of 216 grams of meth and one count of wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said in a news release.
Piccolo said that on April 19, 2014, he and an accomplice entered a pawnshop in Union County, purportedly to sell some silver items. Once inside the shop, the accomplice displayed a handgun while Piccolo, wearing a nylon mask, chained the front doors closed to prevent anyone from entering.
The owner was bound, as a pretense, while Piccolo and his accomplice looted the safe of what the owner told police was about $60,000 in cash, several pieces of jewelry and a handgun.
The owner later submitted to his insurance company a fraudulent-loss claim for which he received about $174,000.
Piccolo also admitted making three sales of meth totaling 216 grams to an undercover FBI agent. Subsequent laboratory analysis determined the meth to be 99 percent pure.
The distribution of meth carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison and a $10 million fine. The wire fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for July 18.



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